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Research Project

Transmission of Magical Knowledge in Antiquity: The Papyrus Magical Handbook

2015 – 2019

Project Summary

An effort to re-edit and re-translate a set of ancient magical handbooks from Graeco-Roman Egypt opened paths for exploring the practices by which ancient knowledge was transmitted.

Research Team

Christopher Faraone

Christopher Faraone

Edward Olson Professor of Classics in the Department of Classics and the College

University of Chicago

Christopher Faraone’s research interests focus on Ancient Greek poetry, religion and magic. His recent works include Vanishing Acts: Deletio Morbi as Speech Act and Visual Design on Ancient Greek Amulets, Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies Supplement 115 (London 2013) and...

Janet Johnson

Janet Johnson

Morton D. Hull Distinguished Service Professor of Egyptology, the Oriental Institute, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and the Program on the Ancient Mediterranean World in the Department of Classics

University of Chicago

Janet H. Johnson's main interests include Egyptian language and Egypt in the "Late Period" (1st millennium B.C.). She is Director of the Chicago Demotic Dictionary Project.

For more on Johnson's research and publications, please visit her faculty page.

Sofía Torallas Tovar

Sofía Torallas Tovar

Professor of Classics and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

University of Chicago

Since 2002, Sofía Torallas Tovar has been the curator of the Papyrological collections at the Abadia de Montserrat and directs the research conducted by the CSIC and Universitat Pompeu Fabra at the Abbey (http://dvctvs.upf.edu). She participates in...

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